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photo mania madness must stop

It is only recently that I mentioned taking a Gig’s worth of photos at the Lincolnshire show using my Samsung Galaxy S3. Well this photo mania madness must stop. Last night I rattled off almost 2.5Gigs worth. Storage is cheap but not that cheap and I have to consider what on earth I will do with all these photos and videos.

The Galxy S3 has a “best photo” mode so that when I shoot in burst mode it deletes 19 out of 20 shots and keeps the best one. This is sensible. Burst mode is good for taking lots of fast changing scenes and for those with limited photographic skills – “there is bound to be one good one amongst all that lot”.

The trouble is I like to take my time over chosing the best photo so I don’t use that particular feature.  The problem is then exacerbated bythe fact that I never have the time to sort through the pictures. I’m probably going to live with it and convince myself that storage is not that expensive.

The problem then arises in how do I tag objects in the photos. Google et al seem to let you tag people in photos and they then identify them in others. I have shied away from this for privacy purposes but I may end up tagging – especially if I can do it privately on my PC.

The photo below was carefully selected from the 2.5GB taken yesterday. I think it is a very artistic shot of the rescue boats taken at dusk on the Brayford Pool in Lincoln during the Olympic fireworks display. In the style of the Impressionists wouldn’t you say?

impressionist view of the Brayford Pool in Lincoln - click to see more

Trefor Davies

By Trefor Davies

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4 replies on “photo mania madness must stop”

I am finding it a problem too, my iphone is just an 8 gig one I think but somehow I have well over 200 gig of photos in a folder on my computer from it, and I can’t bear to delete any… sad.
I know if I do delete any I then find I want them. I have invested in a terrabyte portable disk and am putting them all on that for backup, and several gmail accounts. Dropbox is also good. SugarSync is ok but soon full, Flickr isn’t cos they only let you keep 200 unless you pay. What do you find is the best freemium package and which is the best value if you decide to pay for storage? Its so easy these days to rack it up, we need to find a way to store local?

Zoner Photo Studio is what you want – brilliant for tagging, reviewing and categorising pictures locally. It makes reviewing photos to find the best ones a pleasure, rather than a chore, and doesn’t make it too much effort to sort through and keep only the best. Storage still an issue though – if you’re going to the trouble of categorising and tagging photos then you surely want to back them up!

We’ve got the torch coming here to Bletchley Park on the 9th… I’ll see if we can get anything to match your artistic boat shot!

Dropbox has just launched an updated feature which will automatically upload photos from you app to your Dropbox account and then you can clear them off your device at leisure. Works on the iPhone and iPad and when I put a USB device into my laptop, I am sure there must be options for other platforms ?


That’s fine Hodge but I have approaching 200GB of photos & that means forking out lots of cash to Dropbox. Google+ has the same but for free. I still want to keep them on a hard drive though and a backup hard dive.

Anne – Thanks I’ll take a look. Wondering does Picassa do the same.

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